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Southwest opponents to announce lawsuit decision

  • Blog Post by: Eric Roper
  • September 5, 2014 - 9:49 AM

A group opposed to running Southwest light rail and freight rail through the Kenilworth corridor plans to hold a news conference Monday -- likely to announce whether they intend to file a lawsuit over the project.

The Lakes and Parks Alliance has previously questioned whether the Minneapolis City Council could legally grant municipal consent to the project without an updated environmental impact statement.

Tom Johnson, an attorney for the group, said last week that the group's board of directors would make a decision on whether to file suit.

The Metropolitan Council, which is planning the $1.6 billion project, say they do not intend to stop design work unless ordered by a judge. More than $40 million has already been spent planning the line.

The news conference will be held at noon at the Hennepin County government center plaza.

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